A HAPPY MEDIUM
The pursuit of happiness may instead make you unhappy, says new research. The study, published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, found that actively pursuing happiness caused participants to feel like they had less time. “Time seems to vanish amid the pursuit of happiness,” say researchers, “but only when seen as a goal requiring continued pursuit.” They add that because those who pursue happiness feel they don’t have time to engage in leisure experiences and savour the feelings afterwards, they’re more likely to buy material goods to achieve those feelings, and are also less willing to spend time helping others or volunteering. But there is a bright side: those who feel they’ve attained their goal of being happy to some degree feel they have more time to appreciate it, and are more likely to savour the feelings through activities like keeping a gratitude journal.